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Wednesday 13 December 2017

In brief: Ireland trio leave best until last

Ireland left their best until last in the World Amateur Team Golf Championship in Buenos Aires and surged up the leaderboard last night to finish a highly creditable sixth.

But the splendid final-day performance, not bettered by any country in the event -- curtailed to 54 holes because of thunder and lightning on Friday -- came too late to take them into medal contention.

The trio of Paul Cutler, Kevin Phelan and Alan Dunbar improved as the contest progressed, starting with a disappointing 150 aggregate, then carding 146 and in cool, windy conditions yesterday returning a one-under-par 143 for an overall total of 439 -- nine-over par.

France were crowned champions with an aggregate of 423 -- seven-under par. Denmark took the silver medal four strokes behind and America carried off the bronze a further stroke adrift.

Coakley birdie bags share of fifth place

REBECCA COAKLEY conjured up a birdie at the final hole to grab a share of fifth place for the second year in succession at the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open, a cheque for €7,160 sending the 29-year-old Carlow woman's earnings this season to €60,306 from 20 events.

Coakley's final round of one-over 73 left her tied on three-under with Becky Brewerton of Wales and overnight leader Dewi-Claire Schreefel of Holland, two outside a four-girl play-off, which was won by Lee-Ann Pace.

The South African came from six behind with a final-round 68 to force the tournament into sudden death, before clinching her second victory in successive Sundays and fifth in all on the Ladies European Tour this season on the second tie hole.

Crane holds off Davis' late surge

Ben Crane lifted the $1m first prize at the inaugural CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia.

After surrendering the lead with a hat-trick of bogeys early in his fourth round yesterday, Crane had to hole out from eight feet for eagle at the driveable par-four 15th and pot another eight-footer for birdie at the last to defy hard-charging Brian Davis by one stroke at the Mines Resort.

Englishman Davis made a determined bid for victory in the first US PGA Tour-sanctioned event in Southeast Asia, finishing birdie-eagle-birdie for a sweet 66.

However, a two-under par 69 would clinch the slow-playing Crane his third PGA Tour victory and his second this season. The American also won January's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Scotland's Martin Laird (66) and England's Luke Donald (67) tied for third on 16-under, while Robert Allenby (64), Ernie Els (66), Rickie Fowler (67), DJ Trahan (68), Ryan Moore (69) and Mardan Mamat (69) followed at 14-under.

Irish Independent

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